Patricia Brown Fugée


One SeaGate, Suite 1700
Toledo, OH 43604
P 419.254.5261
F 419.242.0316
20 South Clark Street, Suite 300
Chicago, IL 60603
P 312.580.1200
F 312.580.1201

Patricia Brown Fugée


Phone: (419) 254-5261
Fax: (419) 242-0316

Ms. Fugée focuses her practice on commercial bankruptcy, creditors' rights and business litigation matters. She represents creditors, including lending institutions, landlords, and trade creditors in various proceedings, including bankruptcy cases, foreclosures, workouts, and receiverships. Her clients have also included various trustees and debtors. She has been Board Certified as a Creditors' Rights Law Specialist by the American Board of Certification since 2009, in addition to her appointment as a state court receiver to operate and liquidate assets, and as an examiner under the Bankruptcy Code to investigate transactions in 2011.

Representative Matters

  • Restructured $14 million in debt with numerous entities and cross-collateralized obligations
  • Negotiated a cash settlement of a guaranty, combined with consent to a receivership for a housing development
  • Coordinated the care and sale of an MRI unit for the benefit of a secured creditor
  • Successfully mediated a federal lawsuit brought against out-of-state guarantors who originally denied any liability under the guaranties
  • Serve as counsel to a SIPA trustee liquidating two securities broker/dealers
  • Served as lead counsel in Chapter 11 retail case, where debtor had over 60 stores in 22 states
  • Successfully prevented a Chapter 7 trustee from pursuing a $250,000 alleged preference claim
  • Guided the successful "stalking horse" bidder through the purchase of assets from a Chapter 11 trustee
  • Represented a Chapter 7 trustee in the successful sale of a temporary staffing agency in the resolution of discharge objections and in the sale of a nursing home
  • Appointed receiver to conduct the liquidation of a used industrial machinery and equipment dealer, receiver to conduct a "going concern" sale of a machine shop, and receiver to conduct a "going concern" sale of a carpet pad manufacturer
  • Represented the owner/operator of a nuclear facility in a breach of contract action, resulting in a favorable settlement
  • Negotiated and drafted numerous forbearance agreements, some of which allow professional management to assess, market and sell businesses
  • Represented the state court receiver in the operation and sale of numerous manufacturing companies and service companies


  • Appointed to the Attorney Constituent Group for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Ohio, by the Toledo Bar Association (Term ending December 31, 2015)
  • Appointed as a Director for the American Board of Certification (ABC) (2013-2015)
  • Appointed examiner by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Ohio under section 1104 of the Bankruptcy Code (2011)
  • Named to The Best Lawyers in America® for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law (2012-2014) and Litigation - Bankruptcy (2013 & 2014)
  • Named in "Who's Who in Toledo Area Law" by Toledo Business Journal (2010 - 2014)
  • Board Certified as a Creditors' Rights Law Specialist by the American Board of Certification (2009)
  • Selected as an "Ohio Super Lawyers - Rising Star" by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine (2005 & 2006)
  • AV® Preeminent™ rating from Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable John W. Bissell, U.S. District Judge (1990-1992)


  • 1990, J.D., Rutgers University School of Law - Camden
    • high honors
    • Rutgers Law Journal, Staff (1989-1990)
    • Rutgers School of Law Fellowship (1987-1990)
  • 1986, B.A., Wellesley College, Mathematics

Professional Affiliations

  • Toledo Bar Association, Board of Directors (2010 & 2011), Bankruptcy Committee, Chair (2007-2009) and Secretary (2006 & 2007)
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Michigan Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • New Jersey Bankruptcy Inn of Court, Master and Assistant Program Chair (1997-1998 session)
  • Turnaround Management Association (TMA)

Community Affiliations

  • Zonta Club of Toledo I, President (2012-2013) and Board Member (2010-2012)



  • "Collection Law from Start to Finish" – National Business Institute (2013)
  • "Tenant or Landlord Bankruptcy" - Sterling Education Services, Inc. (2012)
  • "Bankruptcy and Collection in Landlord/Tenant Law" - Sterling Education Services, Inc. (2011)
  • "Bankruptcy Law and Litigation" - National Business Institute (materials only) (2011)
  • "Protecting the Creditors' Rights During Bankruptcy" - National Business Institute (2010)
  • "Collection Law Tips and Strategies"- National Business Institute (2010)
  • "Creditors' Rights During Bankruptcy" - The Ohio State Bar Convention (2009) and National Business Institute (2009)
  • "Bankruptcy Litigation and Procedure" - National Business Institute (2008)
  • "Bankruptcy Nuts & Bolts" - Toledo Bar Association Bankruptcy Committee CLE (2007)
  • "Understanding Debtor Responsibilities In Consumer and Business Cases: Providing Electronically Stored Information" - American Bankruptcy Institute, Annual Spring Meeting, Washington, D.C. (2007)
  • "Collection Law from Start to Finish" - National Business Institute (2007)
  • "Collection Law in Ohio: The Good, The Bad and The Profitable" - Lorman Educational Services (2006)
  • "Bankruptcy Law and Procedure from Start to Finish" - National Business Institute (2006)
  • "Consumer and Business Debt Collection: Resolve Debts Quickly and Easily" - National Business Institute (2006)
  • "Electronic Discovery Rule Changes and Fraud Investigations" - American Bankruptcy Institute, Annual Spring Meeting, Washington, D.C. (2006)